SOUTH African Airways (SAA) has announced network routes reductions to help the national carrier cut costs. Effective from 29 October, SAA will, while continuing its flights to the Eastern Cape, reduce daily flights to Port Elizabeth from four to two. Flights to East London will be reduced from three to two.
The move is part of SAA’s newly developed five-year corporate plan to improve schedule efficiency.
Flights to Brazzaville, Pointe Noir in the Congo and Libreville in Gabon, with connections onward to Cotonou in Benin, and Douala in Cameroon are under review.
The national carrier is evaluating options to reduce operations or downgauge aircraft type, which entails a change of aircraft while retaining the same flight number.
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Flights to Luanda in Angola will be reduced from seven to four per week and the aircraft type will be downgauged, and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from five to four per week.
Demand in Central Africa has remained at levels similar to last year due to slow economic growth in the region.
“Our intention therefore is to maintain our presence in these markets and we have initiated discussions with our partners to decide on the best option to serve these markets. These changes will enable SAA to revise its schedules and frequencies as and when needed in order to meet the ever changing demand patterns across its network,” said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.
SAA also assured customers that it will honour its obligations to all ticketed passengers who purchased tickets in advance. Ticketed customers will be re-accommodated on other flights.
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